Eleven games to start the week off and a lot of tight games that came down to the wire. We also had some interesting match-ups such as Kawhi vs Giannis but nothing will overshadow to what Klay did tonight. We also got some injury news to Andrew Bogut and J.R. Smith. We also have some trade rumours also surrounding Andrew Bogut. We had a Woj bomb on the Donatas Motiejunas situation and the Rockets are matching the Net’s offer sheet. Kind of surprised honestly but Trevor Booker’s value remains really safe. Let’s take a look at the winners and losers from tonight’s games.
Stud of the Night: Tonight’s biggest stud goes to Klay Thompson! Klay went for 60 tonight against the Pacers in 29 frigging minutes! He was unconscious the entire game and did all his damage in the first three quarters. He added eight threes on 21-33 shooting and 10-11 from the line with no turnovers! He didn’t contribute much to others but that’s not problem when he’s lighting teams up like that. It’s a shame it was a blow out win because he could definitely beat Kobe’s record. 60 points is a new career high for Thompson and to put it in perspective, that’s higher than Curry’s and Durant’s career high and those two occupied the last three MVP awards. I’ve got the honours to play against Klay this week in my league and it’s not looking good so far. What’s even scarier is that the Dubs still have four more games this week.
Damian Lillard – 30 points (11-24 FG, 5-5 FT), 4 boards, 7 assists, 3 triples, 2 steals and 2 blocks with no turnovers. After a string of poor shooting performances in the middle of November, Dame has been rolling again. You know he’s locked in and motivated when he’s engaged on the defensive end with the steals and the blocks. He’s still returning borderline first round value and has really increased his shooting efficiency. He’s been sustaining his career high 46.4 percent from the field for a quarter of the season and with Aminu returning, I think Dame will be able to keep this up. The Blazers have won three straight games now and look for Dame to keep it rolling.
Marc Gasol – 28 points (11-25 FG, 3-4 FT), 11 boards, 11 assists, 3 triples, 2 steals and 2 blocks. Gasol had his first triple double of the season, even though it came in a double overtime win. Marc was being his usual self and even Anthony Davis couldn’t prevent him from getting buckets. He’s been really good at clutch moments this season and helping Grizzlies win when games are down to the wire. This was his first double digit rebounding game this season and it’s a shame that it took him 45 minutes to achieve that. The Grizzlies play their next game tomorrow and I think Gasol has the chance to sit out for that one. Gasol’s been returning top-30 value for the season and is smashing his ADP so far.
Anthony Davis – 28 points (10-27 FG, 7-7 FT), 17 boards, 4 blocks, 1 steal and 1 triple. It’s not the best Brow performance this season but good enough to be mentioned here. Davis lacked help tonight with Jrue Holiday and E’Twaun Moore out so he had to do a lot of things tonight. Unfortunately, he was relatively outplayed by Gasol and even lost the double overtime game but the good news is that the ankle sprain didn’t seem to have bothered him tonight. The small nagging injuries are starting so surface up for Davis. I’m not a Davis owner this season but I’ll start to worry.
James Harden – 37 points (8-14 FG, 18-18 FT), 8 boards, 8 assists, 3 triples, 3 steals and 10 turnovers.He shot 57.1 percent from the field tonight and it’s his highest since November 14th. He made his money from the line too, going perfect there. This line is even more impressive considering Avery Bradley, Jae Crowder and Marcus Smart were guarding him for the entire game. Harden is no Westbrook in terms of triple double and doing ridiculous things but Harden is still really good, ranking ninth in 9-cat and third in 8-cat.
Dud of the Night: Tonight’s biggest loser goes to Kenneth Faried as he dropped a dud with two points and two rebounds in 13 minutes. This came against the lowly Sixers and he was clearly outplayed by his teammate Darrell Arthur. Arthur has the ability to stretch the floor with some added size and Malone really likes his four’s to be able to stretch the floor. We all saw it from him playing Wilson Chandler and Danilo Gallinari at the small ball four. What makes things worse is that Faried even lost his minutes to play the five even with Nikola Jokic out tonight. Faried owners shouldn’t panic just yet but things aren’t looking good.
Waiver Wire Gems:
Sergio Rodriguez (34% owned) – 17 points (7-14 FG), 7 assists, 4 boards, 3 triples and 3 steals in 33 minutes. Rodriguez has been solid after being inserted back into the starting line up since Bayless can’t continue to play with his wrist bothering him. He’s averaging 13.3 points, 4.0 boards, 7.3 assists, 2.7 triples and 1.7 steals in his last three games so he’s actually been playing pretty well. We also heard some news of Bayless not wanting to get season-ending surgery on his wrist and he’s taking some injections to control the pain but it doesn’t look good. The wrist problem might be lingering and bothering him the entire season so Rodriguez’s outlook might got a little more brighter.
Terrence Ross (14% owned) – 14 points (4-9 FG, 2-2 FT), 4 threes and 4 blocks in 23 minutes. The blocks are definitely a fluke but Ross has been consistently hitting his threes. He’s returning top-90 value for the season, averaging 10.6 points, 1.8 threes, 0.9 steals on 49.7 percent shooting and 95.2 percent from the line. His value comes from his high percentages and I’m kind of skeptical on whether he can sustain it. He’s playing a career low in minutes, averaging 20.1 minutes per game. If you need threes with good percentages then he’s your guy.
Tony Allen (8% owned) – 19 points (9-14 FG, 1-2 FT), 14 boards, 3 steals and 1 block in 42 minutes. This game did come in a double overtime game but this was Allen’s best performance this season. He could sit out the Grizzlies next game but he’s locked in as the starter for the short handed Grizzlies. He’s averaging 12.0 points, 8.3 boards, 2.3 steals in his last four games and if you’re punting threes, Allen is a must own but all leagues should give him a look.
Short FFF to start the week. Stay tuned for more and follow me on Twitter for more updates or to ask me any questions about your fantasy team!